High-tech farm mechanisation service centres being set up in Punjab

LAHORE: High-tech farm mechanisation service centers are being set up all-over Punjab.

Objective of the centres is to facilitate farmers and keep them aware of the latest technology, said Secretary Agriculture Punjab Muhammad Mahmood while talking to APP, here on Monday.

He said that the step is in line with the policy of the government to promote the use of latest machinery, modernise agriculture sector and improve socio-economic condition of farmers.

He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had taken a number of steps for changing the plight of farmers, which have started producing results.

He said that the staff concerned must ensure quality of agricultural inputs and provide all-out facilities to them. He said that all targets related to agriculture growth would be achieved.

He said that the government was working on farmer-friendly policies

as part of its priorities.

Meanwhile, Punjab Agriculture department project to set up (Khajoor) Date valley in South Punjab has been started and this initiative will help the country to export dates.

A spokesman of the department disclosed this here on Monday. He said that in Pakistan the annual date production has crossed the amount of 550,000 tonnes, which he added helps to get 300 million dollars of forex annually.

Due to better management services and availability facility the export price of date in the country has increased from 200 million dollars to 300 million dollars in one year, he added.

Spokesman further said,” date produced in Pakistan is famous for its quality, taste but the packing and processing could be improved further”.